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University Avenue Pedestrian Bridge


City of Madison | Jim Wolfe, Principal Engineer


Madison, Wisconsin | Dane County


Shorewood Boulevard to University Bay Drive


May 2018 – December 2021

KL Contact

Chad Halverson, PE

Project Details

  • 108-foot Prefabricated Steel Truss Pedestrian Bridge
  • Concrete Slab Approach Spans
  • MSE Concrete Panel Retaining Walls
  • Aesthetic Features
  • Ornamental Steel Railing
  • Overhead Sign Structure
  • WisDOT Local Program Project

Ped Bridge in an Extremely Limited Right-of-Way

KL Engineering designed the reconstruction of University Avenue from Shorewood Boulevard to University Bay Drive in Madison, WI. The project is in a highly confined urban setting with extremely limited right-of-way.

A bicycle / pedestrian overpass was constructed to improve safety by replacing the busy at-grade crossing of University Bay Drive just north of the WSOR railroad tracks.

The 362-foot-long, 7-span structure is a combination of concrete slab approach spans and a 108-foot-long prefabricated steel truss main span at the University Bay Drive crossing.

The design of the main span piers accommodated key utility facilities to minimize relocations. Concrete panel retaining walls were used for the connections to the at-grade path.

KL Engineering coordinated the aesthetic treatments for the structures with the Village of Shorewood Hills and the City of Madison. Stone form liner, decorative patterns, and concrete staining were used to replicate the aesthetics of a nearby historic building.